DeFord Bailey


Deford Bailey spent fifteen years as a regular member of the Grand Ole Opry (1926-1941). In that time he established himself as one of the show's most popular performers and an influential harmonica player. As a master of blues, jazz, and old-time country, Bailey was a vital link between older and more modern music styles. In 1974, he returned to the Opry stage as part of the "Old Timers' Reunion." He is most well-known for "Pan American Blues," a harmonica piece that sounds like a passing locomotive.

Negative: 1973Print: 2003

Maker: Horenstein, Henry

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Tennessee, Nashville-Davidson, Grand Ole Opry

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Credit Line: Horenstein, Henry

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0169.043Accession Number: 2003.0169Catalog Number: 2003.0169.043

Object Name: photograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8 in x 10 in; 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm


Record Id: nmah_1213027

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